France has never been fertile ground for inbred Rock and Pop at a real popular, mass cultural level; any French rocker or Pop fan will tell you that... Literature, Classical and Academic Arts such as paintings, sculpture, even comic book drawings and cartoon illustrations, YES! As far as music goes, some Classical again, maybe too in the great Music Hall revue tradition as in Folie Bergères, Moulin Rouge etc. and even greater music in movie scores, 'cause we do have some of the best library music writers and arrangers in modern contemporary it's true, but... Real Pop and Rock music, er... NO! It's always been a backyard business, found in Home studios and private gardens.
Once you have that in mind, and you are ready to dig a little deeper out of the mainstream, on the sideways and in the margins, you WILL ocasionally find some goodies, gems even, sometimes even an underground genius here and there... it's like Diggin' for Gold! :-)
Well, while not exactly a Masterpiece for times to come, such is the case for "Pop-IN-court", a private "Secret Affair" of Modern Pop chic found in the back alley of La Rue Popincourt, a famous street in Paris :
Just had an advance copy of that : if there's only gonna be one DVD of the Doors you're ever gonna need, THIS is IT ; no boring interview with critics or old geezers, no biography documentary we all seen a thousand times... it contains only rare film clips of them, not all the clips there was, but a LOT here I've never seen yet and, the others I have... never as better quality than this! I just realized I have the plain common one but, there's a Deluxe Edition available too, "packaged in a 40-page DVD sized hardback book with a “scrapbook” style presentation on each track including lyrics, background info, trivia and photos." WOW! (Should I ditch my discout copy and get it?... ) Well, I used to hate the Doors when I started a Garage Punk thinking how ridiculously OVERrated they were but, I used to hate Hendrix too... and just seeing the first few rare clips here, it almost makes me reconcile with Morrison & co. I have the first three original albums as Classic 60's West Coast rock, thinking at getting the Soft Parade too and, sorry Garage Nazis, the first album in MONO is actually Great! And their first single : "Break On Through" IS Sunset Strip Garage-rock :-)
"A collection of eight original acetates from the Beach Boys' unfinished album Smile; from the collection of Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson's collaborator on the project. We acquired these unique discs from Durrie Parks, Van Dyke's ex wife (Van Dyke and Durrie lived at Brian Wilson's house during the recording of Smile.) Smile is the most legendary unreleased album of all time. Intended as the follow up to the Beach Boys classic Pet Sounds, Wilson worked on Smile throughout 1966 and '67, finally abandoning it in favor of the much less ambitious Smiley Smile."
"These discs are truly fascinating pieces of the Smile puzzle. Each contains a part or multiple parts of a song; together they illustrate how Wilson recorded each of the songs for Smile in pieces, and planned to fit the individual elements together--like puzzle pieces--after the fact. You can hear this in finished songs like "Heroes and Villians.""
"The Pete Ham estate will be releasing a Limited Edition 50 track double CD set - "Keyhole Street: Demos 1966-67" - the majority of which will be previously unreleased and unheard music. This release will coincide with a Blue Plaque Ceremony and Tribute concert to Pete Ham / Iveys / Badfinger taking place on his birthdate, April 27, 2013, in Pete's hometown of Swansea in Wales. The following day, a memorial stone will be unveiled at the Morriston Cemetary, which is where Pete's ashes had been spread."
"By pre-ordering or 'pledging' for a copy of "Keyhole Street: Demos 1966-67," fans are guaranteed to get their copy before anybody else and they will also have access to a wide range of exclusive offers and premium items."
"All Pledgers will receive a special digital download of rare music as an added incentive. Pledgers will also have access to a special Pledgers-only updates page, where unheard demos and previously unseen photos are available."
"At the age of 19 and 20, Pete had recorded all of this set of demos at the band's London home. Recorded on a two-track Sound-On-Sound machine - of which you could bounce back and forth to layer parts - you hear in this 50 track collection, elements of classic balladry, Pink-Floydian psychedelia, rock'n'roll tributes, R&B, Beach Boys type harmonies, instrumentals, music hall stereotypes, an Elvis tribute, blues, humorous lyrical content, Beatle-ish tracks, and a horror film soundtrack."
No matter how we open our minds and ears, trying out new horizons and sounds, we always end up in the Garage womb... and what can be more garagey that an Unknown acetate? ;-) (Check out the cool organ zounds!...) :